Virden High School “Bulldogs”

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The History of Virden High School

Virden (population 3,488) is located in the lower west-central portion of Illinois.  Virden is situated in the far northeast portion of Macoupin County and may even stretch into the southern portion of Sangamon County. Illinois Route 4 and County Highway 37 are the main roadways that take you to and from Virden.  Two railroad lines, the Southern Pacific and the Burlington Northern & Sante Fe, travel through Virden as well.

A nice history of the town can be found on its offical web site located at http://www.virdenonline.org/ .  This web site notes that Virden is located about 25 miles south of Springfield.  It further indicates that the area in which Virden is located was first settled in 1829.  It was in 1852 that Virden became an official town.

More on the history of the town can be read at http://genealogytrails.com/ill/macoupin/virden.html . This address tells us that the town is named after an early settler named John Virden.  Virden was a coal mining town in the late 1800s and has maintained its population over the years.

The actual history of Virden High School is need  of research.  It is likely that the folks of Virden began providing educaton for their children in the mid-1800s.  It is further likely that high school courses began being offered in the late 1800s.  We know that Virden High School existed from, at minimum, the early 1900s.

We also know that Virden High School continued on a solo basis through the early 2000s.  It was in the this time frame that residents of Virden and its nearby neighbor to the south, Girard, agreed to consolidate their educational resources.  A new school district was formed between the two and was aptly named the North Mac School District.  Virden High School watched its last class graduate in May of 2010. North Mac High School will continue on in the Virden High School building.

At this point (July of 2010) the Virden school web site is still active and can be viewed at www.virdenschools.com .

Virden High School Quick Facts

Year opened:           late 1800s?

Year closed:            2010

Consolidated to:       North Mac High School (Virden)

Team nickname:      “Bulldogs”

Uniform colors:        Purple & White

Fight Song:             (not available)

ATHLETICS

The Virden High School “Bulldogs” athletic program enjoyed many successes throughout the years.  Several Regional and Sectional team titles were won.  Also a few appearances in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 of IHSA State Tourneys were enjoyed.  On an individual level there were several medalists in track & field including some state championship performances.

We are missing many bits of information including the school fight song. If you have other items you would like to see posted on this page please write to us at eganann@sbclgobal.net.

BOYS FOOTBALL

The boys football program offered many great memories for the folks of Virden to enjoy.  The Bulldogs had a total of 7 undefeated regular seasons, 19 trips to the IHSA State playoffs, 6 trips to the Sweet 16, and 3 trips to the Elite 8.  It is also noted in the IHSA record books that the Bulldogs of 1926 recorded 8 shutouts during their season, and they only faced 8 opponents that year!

The IHSA website (www.ihsa.org) only shows the program beginning in 1944.  However, research conducted by Phil Shadid found that the program was in place as early as 1912. The information from 1912 through 1935 was supplied by Phil with the remaining records located on the IHSA website.

1912    2-2                                                                   Coach J. Pennington

First recorded instance of football at Virden was 1912.  .

1918:   1-2   Began season at 1-2, rest of season cancelled due to Flu epidemic.

1919:   2-1   Coal miners strike resulted in closing of schools, forcing cancellation of rest of season.

1926:   7-0-1                                                                Coach Carl Lane

They tied Carlinville 0-0 in first game, then shutout rest of opponents. Scored 253 points.  First MSM Conference champs.

1927    7-0-1                                                                Coach Carl Lane

Local newspaper referred to Virden as the “Hornets” but the nickname never caught on with students or the public.

1928     6-2                                                                  Coach Carl Lane

1933: played its first night game at Springfield High’s field against Spfld Cathedral (0-0 tie).

1934: nickname “Bulldogs” appeared for first time in local paper because of student vote.

1935: played first night game in Virden, defeated Kincaid 37-6.

**Information from former Bulldog Harry Dubinick (Class of 1944):

“The 1941- 42 season  was coached by Ralph Allan who left and went into the United States Navy.  His replacement  coached the football team but left and was replaced by a Coach Irving who left shortly thereafter, and was replaced Coach Carl Lane. 1942-43 was a total mess. VIrden lost every  game in each season. In the 1943-44 season Coach McMullin coached the entire year and for several seasons after. The team lost  40 plus games in a row over the period 1940- 1944. Coach Mac broke that losing streak in his first year. He was quite successful

considering the circumstances. Hope this helps.”

1940-41

1941-42                                                                         Coach Ralph Allan

1942-43                                                                         Coach Irving/Coach Carl Lane

1943-44                                                                         Coach M.O. McMullin

1944-45    5 – 4                                                              Coach M.O. McMullin

1945-46                                                                        Coach M.O. McMullin

1946-47    4 – 2 – 1                                                         Coach M.O. McMullin

1947-48                                                                        Coach M.O. McMullin

1948-49    4 – 5                                                              Coach M.O. McMullin

1949-50    5 – 4                                                              Coach M.O. McMullin

1950-51    6 – 4                                                              Coach K. Evitt

1951-52    7 – 3                                                              Coach K. Evitt

1952-53    7 – 1 – 1                                                         Coach Joe Kruzick

1953-54    3 – 6                                                              Coach Everette Lamar

1954-55    7 – 2                                                              Coach Jim Lovin

1955-56    6 – 3                                                              Coach Jim Lovin

1956-57    7 – 2                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1957-58    5 – 4                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1958-59    5 – 3 – 1                                                         Coach Tom Innis

1959-60    9 – 0          Undefeated Season!!                   Coach Tom Innis

1960-61    7 – 2                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1961-62    4 – 5                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1962-63    6 – 3                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1963-64    5 – 4                                                              Coach Tom Innis

1964-65    6 – 3                                                              Coach Eldon “Bud” Grossner

1965-66    5 – 3 – 1                                                         Coach Eldon “Bud” Grossner

1966-67    5 – 4 – 1                                                         Coach Eldon “Bud” Grossner

1967-68    8 – 2                                                              Coach Eldon “Bud” Grossner

1968-69    6 – 2 – 2                                                         Coach Richard Deckard

1969-70    2 – 7                                                              Coach Richard Deckard

1970-71    3 – 7                                                              Coach Fred Thompson

1971-72    2 – 7                                                              Coach Fred Thompson

1972-73    6 – 4                                                              Coach Mike Graville

1973-74    5 – 4                                                              Coach Mike Graville

1974-75    3 – 2                                                              Coach Wayne Joplin (partial)

2 – 2                                                              Coach Jay Lornton (partial)

1975-76    5 – 4                                                              Coach Robert Weber

1976-77    4 – 5                                                              Coach Robert Weber

1977-78    3 – 6                                                              Coach Robert Weber

1978-79    2 – 7                                                              Coach Jerry Lane

1979-80    1 – 8                                                              Coach Jerry Lane

1980-81    6 – 3                                                              Coach Jerry Lane

1981-82    0 – 5                                                              Coach Jerry Lane(partial)

1981-82    0 – 4                                                              Coach Wayne Joplin [partial]

1982-83    0 – 9                                                              Coach John Wilson

1983-84    3 – 6                                                              Coach Don Borgini

1984-85    7 – 2                                                              Coach Don Borgini

            

1985-86  10 – 1    IHSA Class 2A Sweet 16!                    Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season!

                          Beat Rushville 24 – 7

                          Lost to Hamilton 21 – 0

Hamilton lost in semi-finals

1986-87  11 – 2    IHSA Class 2A Elite 8!                         Coach Don Borgini
Beat Petersburg PORTA 38 – 6

                          Beat Tremont 30 – 26

                          Lost to E.St. Louis Assumption 34 – 32

Assumption lost in semi-finals

                

1987-88    8 – 3    IHSA Class 2A Sweet 16!                    Coach Don Borgini

                          Beat Carlyle 24 – 14

                          Lost to Columbia 35 – 0

Columbia lost in quarter-finals

1988-89    6 – 4    IHSA Class 2A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Don Borgini

Lost to Macon 74 – 14

Macon lost in 2nd Round

1989-90    3 – 6                                                               Coach Don Borgini


1990-91    6 – 4    IHSA Class 2A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Don Borgini

Lost to Gillespie 42 – 19

Gillespie lost in Championship game


1991-92  10 – 2    IHSA Class 2A Sweet 16!                    Coach Don Borgini

                          Beat Shelbyville 14 – 6

Lost to Greenfield 14 – 7

                          Greenfield lost in Championship game

1992-93  10 – 1    IHSA Class 1A Sweet 16!                    Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season!

                          Beat  Martinsville 18 – 12

                          Lost to Arcola 26 – 0

Arcola lost in quarter-finals   

1993-94    9 – 1    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season!

                          Lost to Carrollton 9 – 7

Carrollton lost in 2nd Round

1994-95    5 – 4                                                               Coach Don Borgini


1995-96    7 – 3    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Don Borgini

                          Lost to Hardin Calhoun 35 – 10

Calhoun lost in quarter-finals

1996-97  11 – 1    IHSA Class 1A Elite 8!                         Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season!

                          Beat Carrollton 15 – 12

                          Beat Cerro Gordo 13 – 6

                          Lost to Greenfield 35 – 34 (O/T)

Greenfield lost in semi-finals

1997-98    9 – 1    IHSA Class 2A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season

                          Lost to Rushville 28 – 14

Rushville lost in 2nd Round


1998-99    9 – 2    IHSA Class 1A Sweet 16!                    Coach Don Borgini

                          Beat Tuscola 39 – 20

                          Lost to Galena 47 – 12

Galena lost in quarter-finals


1999-00  11 – 1    IHSA Class 1A Elite 8!                         Coach Don Borgini

                          Undefeated Regular Season!

                          Beat Hardin Calhoun 41 – 0

                          Beat Flanagan 32 – 22

                          Lost to Dakota 16 – 13

Dakota lost in quarter-finals


2000-01    8 – 2    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Bruce Paisley

Lost to El Paso 13 – 9

El Paso lost in 2nd Round

2001-02    5 – 5    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Bruce Paisley

Lost to Monmouth Yorkwood 36 – 0

Yorkwood lost in quarter-finals

2002-03    2 – 7                                                               Coach Bruce Paisley

      

2003-04    8 – 3    IHSA Class 2A Sweet 16!                     Coach Bruce Paisley

Beat Mt. Olive 24 – 14

Lost to Casey-Westfield 34 – 7

Casey-Westfield lost in quarter-finals

2004-05    3 – 6                                                               Coach Bruce Paisley

2005-06    6 – 4    IHSA Class 2A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Bruce Paisley

Lost to Decatur St. Theresa 48 – 0

St. Theresa lost in quarter-finals

2006-07    3 – 6                                                               Coach Bruce Paisley

2007-08    5 – 5    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Bruce Paisley

Lost to Greenfield 29 – 20

Greenfield lost in quarter-finals

2008-09    6 – 4    IHSA Class 1A Playoff Qualifier          Coach Bruce Paisley

Lost to Greenfield 15 – 14

Greenfield lost in 2nd Round

2009-10    3 – 6    School’s Final Season                           Coach Bruce Paisley

School’s overall football record 360 – 247 (.592 winning %)

             

        

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

The Lady Bulldog netters of the mid-1980s faired very well on the hard-wood court.  The girls won a total of 1 District Championship and 5 Regional Championships, all coming in consecutive years. The team of 1982-83 won the Sectional and advanced to the Sweet 16 round as well under the direction of Coach Dianne Leonard.

1976-77    2 – 12                                                             Coach Mary Alice McNaught

1977-78    5 – 11                                                             Coach Mary Alice McNaught

1978-79    4 – 15                                                             Coach Mary Alice McNaught

1979-80    6 – 11                                                             Coach Dianne Leonard

1980-81  17 – 5                                                               Coach Dianne Leonard

   

1981-82  20 – 5        District Champions                          Coach Dianne Leonard


1982-83  22 – 5        IHSA Class ‘A’ Sweet 16 Finalists!   Coach Dianne Leonard

                              Regional Champions

                              Sectional Champions

                              Lost Super-Sectional Match


1983-84  24 – 9 – 1   Regional Champions                       Coach Dianne Leonard


1984-85  20 – 12      Regional Champions                       Coach Dianne Leonard

1985-86    9 – 21                                                              Coach Karen Atkins

1986-87  23 – 10      Regional Champions                       Coach Dianne Leonard


1987-88                  Regional Champions                       Coach Rita Rudd

    

           

BOYS BASEBALL

The Virden Bulldogs had several successful seasons, and one to remember for the ages.  The team of 1978-79 won the Regional and Sectional championships, advancing to the Elite 8 round of play.  The team would lose there to eventual state champion New Athens.

1975-76    8 – 7                                                             Coach Jerry Lane

1976-77  13 – 6                                                             Coach Jerry Lane

1977-78  14 – 7                                                             Coach Jerry Lane

       

1978-79  14 – 9      Class ‘A’ Elite 8 Finalist                   Coach Jerry Lane

Regional Champions

                            Sectional Champions

                            Elite 8 Finalist

Lost to New Athens 11 – 1

New Athens won State Championship

1979-80  18 – 6                                                             Coach Jerry Lane

1980-81  11 – 10                                                           Coach Jerry Lane

2004-05    5 – 20                                                           Coach Steve Humphrey

2008-09    8 – 13                                                           Coach Marty Perry

              

         

GIRLS SOFTBALL

The Lady Bulldogs competed on the ball diamond as well.  Below are the seasonal records listed on the IHSA website.  Please contact us if you have further information regarding the Virden High School softball program.

1991-92    1 – 10                                                                Coach Jim Simmons

1992-93    6 – 10                                                                Coach Jim Simmons

2004-05    4 – 17                                                                Coach Rob Handy

BOYS BASKETBALL

Though football appears to have been king among the Virden boys, there were some great seasons on the basketball court as well.  Four Regional Championships were recorded.  In addition, the team of 1991-92 advanced to the Sweet 16 round of play after winning the Sectional title.  Research conducted by IHSGD’s Phil Shadid discovered that Virden built a new gymnasium in 1921. It was in this year that the basketball program began in full swing, having its first team since 1911.

1924-25  12 – 12                                                           Coach Carl Lane

1925-26  18 – 10                                                           Coach Carl Lane

1926-27  12 – 16                                                           Coach Carl Lane

1927-28  16 – 8                                                             Coach Carl Lane

1928-29  12 – 13                                                           Coach Sam England

1929-30    7 – 15                                                           Coach Sam England

1930-31  11 – 14                                                           Coach Sam England

1931-32  20 – 4                                                             Coach Ira Fanning

1932-33  20 – 3                                                             Coach Ira Fanning

1933-34  14 – 14                                                           Coach Ira Fanning

1934-35                                                                       Coach Sam England

1935-36                                                                       Coach Sam England

1936-37  18 – 7           Regional Champions                 Coach Sam England

1937-38                                                                       Coach Sam England

1938-39                                                                       Coach Pop Mahan

1939-40                                                                       Coach Pop Mahan

1940-41                                                                       Coach Pop Mahan

1943-44  18 – 10                                                           Coach Pop Mahan

1944-45  14 – 14                                                           Coach Pop Mahan

1945-46  15 – 10                                                           Coach Pop Mahan

1946-47  10 – 14                                                           Coach Pop Mahan

1947-48  12 – 15                                                           Coach Pop Mahan

1948-49  19 – 6                                                             Coach Pop Mahan

1949-50    7 – 17                                                           Coach Ken Evitt

1950-51    2 – 20                                                           Coach Ken Evitt

1951-52    9 – 13                                                           Coach Joe Krusick

1952-53    8 – 14                                                           Coach Everett Lamar

1953-54  19 – 8                                                             Coach Everett Lamar

1954-55  11 – 12                                                           Coach Robert Braden

1955-56  10 – 14                                                           Coach Jim Lovin

1956-57  18 – 8                                                             Coach Robert Morrison

1957-58  14 – 11                                                           Coach Robert Morrison

1958-59  17 – 9                                                             Coach Robert Morrison

1959-60  24 – 3                                                             Coach Robert Morrison

1960-61    9 -13                                                            Coach Robert Morrison

1961-62  17 – 3                                                             Coach Bob Cicota

1962-63  15 – 8                                                             Coach Bob Cicota

1963-64  14 – 10                                                           Coach Bob Cicota

1964-65  18 – 9                                                             Coach Bob Cicota

1965-66  10 – 12                                                           Coach Jim Julian

1966-67    6 – 17                                                           Coach Rich Taylor

1967-68  12 – 12                                                           Coach Rich Taylor

1968-69    3 – 19                                                           Coach John Emerson

1969-70    2 – 20                                                           Coach John Emerson

1970-71    2 – 20                                                           Coach Stan Girdler

1971-72    9 – 13                                                           Coach Stan Girdler

1972-73  13 – 11                                                           Coach Stan Girdler

1973-74    4 – 16                                                           Coach Stan Girdler

1974-75  12 – 15                                                           Coach Larry Mosley

1975-76  16 – 12                                                           Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1976-77  20 – 8                                                             Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1977-78  19 – 9           Regional Champions                 Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1978-79  21 – 6                                                             Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1979-80  12 – 11                                                           Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1980-81  15 – 11                                                           Coach Mike Kaczmarz

1981-82    3 – 19                                                           Coach Brian Hill

1982-83  11 – 14                                                           Coach Brian Hill

1983-84    9 – 15                                                           Coach Roger Albright

1984-85    9 – 16                                                           Coach Roger Albright

1985-86  13 – 14                                                           Coach Al Taylor

1986-87    3 – 19                                                           Coach Al Taylor

1987-88    6 – 16                                                           Coach Al Taylor

1988-89  10 – 15                                                           Coach Al Taylor

1989-90    5 – 17                                                           Coach Jerry O’Brien

1990-91  11 – 14                                                           Coach Jerry O’Brien

  

1991-92  27 – 3            IHSA Class ‘A’ Sweet 16!!          Coach Jerry O’Brien

                                  Regional Champions

                                  Sectional Champions

                                  Sweet 16 Finalist

                                  Lost to Augusta Southeastern 77-50

Southeastern finished 4th

1992-93  21 – 5                                                             Coach Jerry O’Brien

1993-94  20 – 8                                                             Coach Jerry O’Brien

1994-95    4 – 19                                                           Coach Kerry Crum

1995-96    9 – 15                                                           Coach Scott Lewis

1996-97  10 – 14                                                           Coach Scott Lewis

1997-98  20 – 7                                                             Coach Scott Lewis

1998-99  13 – 14                                                           Coach Scott Lewis

   

1999-00  16 – 13          Regioinal Champions               Coach Scott Lewis

2000-01  22 – 6                                                             Coach Joe Oller

2001-02    6 – 18                                                           Coach Joe Oller

2002-03    9 – 16                                                           Coach Joe Oller

2003-04    9 – 16                                                           Coach Joe Oller

2004-05    6 – 20                                                           Coach Bob Etter

2005-06  12 – 14                                                           Coach Brent Stewart

2006-07    5 – 18                                                           Coach Brent Stewart

2007-08    2 – 19                                                           Coach Marty Perry

2008-09    6 – 17                                                           Coach Marty Perry

         

            

GIRLS BASKETBALL

The Lady Bulldogs won a Regional Championship in 1995 as well.  There are several missing season records and coaches names.  If you have this information please contact us.

1977-78    1 – 9                                                              Coach Kathy Nichols

1978-79    1 – 16                                                            Coach Peter Genta

1979-80    0 – 17                                                            Coach Mary Anne McNaught

1980-81    4 – 17                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1981-82    5 – 17                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1982-83    6 – 17                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1983-84    0 – 22                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1984-85    0 – 23                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1985-86    4 – 19                                                            Coach Wayne Joplin

1986-87    2 – 17                                                            Coach Angela Dorks

1987-88                                                                        Coach Loren Fouts

          

1994-95                    Regional Champions                  (Coach’s name needed) 



2008-09    8 – 14                                                           Coach Jon Langellier

            

                                 

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

There were many individual athletes in Virden High School’s history who earned medals at the IHSA State Track meet.  The best of the boys efforts came in 1998 when Steve Royer won the IHSA Class ‘A’ State Championship in the high jump!  In all, a total of 16 medals were earned by the Virrden High School boys thinclads.

1921B    Individual Medalist

             ??  Belton           220 Yd, Hurdles          4TH Place

1922B    Individual Medalists

             ?? Belton            220 Yd. Hurdles          2ND Place

             ?? Bradley          120 Yd. Hurdles          4TH Place
?? Hopson           220 Yd.  Dash             4TH Place

1938      Individual Medalist

             James Bruna       200 Yd. Hurdles          3RD Place

1944      Individual Medalist

             Jim Evans              880 Yd. Run               4TH Place

1975A    Individual Medalist

             Tim Coleman         Long Jump                8TH Place

               

1976A    Individual Medalist

             John Molen            120 Yd. Hurdles         7TH Place

1981A    Individual Medalist

             Todd Maddox        High Jump                5TH Place

1983A    Individual Medalist

             Brian Johnson       300 Meter Hurdles     3RD Place

1985A    Individual Medalist

             Mike Hamman       High Jump                4TH Place

1986A    Individual Medalist

             Mike Hamman       High Jump                4TH Place

1992A    Individual Medalist

             Chris Scheldt         High Jump                5TH Place

1998A    Individual Medalist

             Steve Royer           High Jump                STATE CHAMPION!!

1999A    Individual Medalists

             Steve Royer           High Jump                4TH Place
Aaron Smith           Pole Vault                4TH Place

                   

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

The lady tracksters won several medals as well at the IHSA State Track Meet finals.  A total of 11 individual medals were earned by the girls. The best efforts were recorded by Lindsey Defevers, who was the IHSA Class ‘A’ State Champ in the shot put in 2002 (and who won a total of 5 medals between 2000 and 2002), and by Breanna Branson who won back-to-back state titles in the same event (Class ‘A’ shot put) in 2004 and 2005!

1989A    Individual Medalist

             Carmen Wolfe        200 Meter Dash         7TH Place

1997A    Individual Medalist

             Darcy Lane             300 Meter Hurdles    5TH Place

                

1999A    Individual Medalist

             Darcy Lane             300 Meter Hurdles    4TH Place

              

2000A    Individual Medalist

             Lindsey Defevers    Discus                      9TH Place

         

2001A    Individual Medalist

             Lindsey Defevers    Shot Put                   2ND Place 

                                            Discus                       3RD Place

2002A    Individual Medalist

             Lindsey Defevers    Shot Put                   STATE CHAMPION!! 

                                            Discus                       4TH Place                        

               

2004A    Individual Medalist

             Breanna Branson    Shot Put                   STATE CHAMPION!!

2005A    Individual Medalist

             Breanna Branson    Shot Put                   STATE CHAMPION!!

2008A    Individual Medalist

             Rose Sanders          100 Meter Dash        7TH Place

     

      

BOYS GOLF

The boys competed in golf as well. The linksters had two nice season records in 1963 and 1964.  If you have any further information on the golf program at VHS please contact us.

1962-63  10 – 6                                                                  Coach Dick Lounsberry

1963-64  12 – 4                                                                  Coach Dick Lounsberry

BASS FISHING

The boys proved they had some talent in the angling business as well.  The team qualified for the State Bass Fishing Tournament in 2008-09.

2008-09           Team Qualified for State Tournament     Coach Bruce Paisley

COMPETITVE CHEERLEADING

The cheerleading team of 2005-06 won a Sectional title and qualified for the IHSA State Tournament under the tutilage of Coach Dawn Willoughby.

2005-06           Team Qualified for State Tournament     Coach Dawn Willoughby

                       Sectional Champions

DRAMA

Athletics were not all that the Virden HIgh School kids were talented in.  The school competed in other IHSA competitions as well including Drama.  In 1954-55 in fact, the team won a Sectional title and advanced to the IHSA State finals.

1954-55             Team Qualified for State Tournament   

                         Sectional Champions

SCHOLASTIC BOWL

Virden kids were afforded many opportunities to compete in various events.  Included in this was the schools Scholastic Bowl teams.

2008-09    3 – 9                                                                 Coach Angie McCall

SPEECH SWEEPSTAKES

More IHSA State hardware was earned by the Speech Sweepstakes teams of the mid-1950s. Two District Championships and a Sectional title added to the many talents of the Virden High School students.

1952-53             District Champions

1954-55             District Champions

                        Sectional Champions

OTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We are certain that band and chorus were offered at Virden High School. It is likely that other clubs and activities such as FFA were offered as well. If you have any information or memories you would like to share regarding activites offered at Virden High School please contact us via the means listed below.

NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE

As with every page, we are seeking some in-put from an Virden High School fan or alum regarding the many great successes accomplished at the school.  If you can provide us with information please write to us via e-mail at ihsgdwebsite@comcast.net or via “real” mail at:

Illinois HS Glory Days

6439 N. Neva Ave.

Chicago,  Il.   60631

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